Divorcing as a celebrity can cost a lot of money - a huge amount, in fact. Celebrity separations often end up taking a long time, being full of arguments, and, more than anything else, being very expensive. Who are the stars who've had to spend the most on their divorce settlements? Below are the 20 most expensive divorces among celebrities!
Ivana Trump, a former model, was married to Donald Trump from 1977 until 1992. In 1990, Ivana started divorce proceedings following Donald's affair with Marla Maples becoming public. Despite Donald's efforts to make the process difficult, the divorce was granted and Ivana received a settlement of £14 million.
From 1995 to 2004, Lionel Richie, the well-known American singer and musician, wedded Diane Richie. In 2004, the couple split up as Diane Richie requested nothing less than £300,000 each month to cater for her expenses, which included clothing, footwear, and cosmetic surgery. Finally, the couple arrived at an agreement, and Lionel gave his ex-wife a payment of £20 million.
Mick Jagger is famous as the frontman of The Rolling Stones, but his romantic escapades are just as popular. According to the musician, he has had about 4,000 partners. With such a track record, it's no wonder that his marriage to Jerry Hall ended in 1999 after more than 20 years of being together and 9 years of wedlock. Despite being exposed to her husband's unfaithfulness, Hall was the one to initiate the divorce. Jagger paid an estimated 15 to 25 million pounds to settle the matter.
Even royal couples are not immune to divorce! After being married for 15 years, Lady Diana Spencer and Prince Charles decided to divorce in 1996. Lady Diana was given about £18 million, which was worth $23 million at the time. The Duchess of Cornwall did not say much about why they divorced or her husband's cheating, but she did say in a BBC interview three years later: "There were three of us in the marriage, so it was a bit crowded."
Undoubtedly, one of the most glamorous couples of the 90s, Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise got divorced in 2001. They had tied the knot in 1990 and were one of Hollywood's most cherished pairs. The actor, Tom Cruise, initiated the split due to "irreconcilable differences", leading to their separation. As the couple couldn't come to an agreement about the religious upbringing of their children, they filed for divorce. The termination had a price tag of 30 million pounds, which Nicole Kidman secured for herself.
Actor and movie maker Michael Douglas was wedded to Diandra Douglas for 23 years. When she petitioned for divorce, accusing him of misogyny, lack of presence, and not being a good father to their child Cameron, the American actor had to give her one-third of his wealth, totaling 45 million pounds. Diandra also gains two villas as a bonus. Not too shabby!
Phil Collins, the drummer of Genesis, had a turbulent relationship with socialite Orianne Cevey. They were married for more than six years and had two children before getting divorced in 2006. Phil gave his ex-wife 51 million francs (approximately £35 million) as part of their settlement.
A popular pair, Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt were only married for 5 years. After the separation, Brad was obliged to give his ex-wife 47 million pounds. In the end, everything seems to have worked out. Nonetheless, Jennifer and Brad seem to have a friendly relationship. Brad has even said sorry to her publicly for "the pain he caused her previously".
In 2002, following the passing of his previous wife in 1998, Paul McCartney wed Heather Mills. They welcomed a daughter in 2003 but later parted ways in 2006. As part of the high-profile divorce settlement, the Beatles icon had to pay £24.3 million to his ex-wife.
On 22 December 2000, Guy Ritchie, a British filmmaker, tied the knot with pop superstar Madonna. After having their first child, they adopted a child from Malawi. The couple parted ways in 2008 mutually. Madonna had to pay Guy Ritchie an estimated $76 million to $92 million as a part of their divorce settlement. It's a substantial sum of money!
From 1978 to 1994, Kevin Costner was married to Cindy Silva. They were together for 16 years and had 3 children before they got divorced. Kevin Costner is a well-known actor who starred in The Untouchables and Dances with Wolves. As part of the settlement, he had to pay his ex-wife a total of 80 million pounds. He admits: "After my first divorce, I felt incredibly lonely." This may sound silly, but I recall struggling to don a dinner jacket by myself.
The well-known American actor, who will be 80 in 2022, has been wedded thrice. In his second marriage to screenwriter Melissa Mathison, they split up in 2004 after being married for a span of over 20 years and following a very pricey separation, Mr. Ford gave his ex-wife 85 million dollars, marking it one of Tinseltown's costliest splits. However, now he has remarried and is joyfully spending his life with actress Calista Flockhart.
American actress Amy Irving and her fiance, director, screenwriter and producer Steven Spielberg attend the 55th Academy Awards ceremony. (Photo by Bill Nation/Sygma via Getty Images)
Michael Jordan, the well-known basketball player, got married to Juanita Vanoy in 1989. However, they considered divorce in 2002, and eventually separated in 2006. Although he refused a settlement offer of 35 million dollars initially, Jordan ended up paying his ex-wife 168 million dollars, which he must have regretted later.
In 1977, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver met. They got married in 1986 after being in a relationship for several years. However, their marriage was affected by Arnold's infidelity as an actor and American governor. Arnold revealed to Maria about this incident, which took place over a decade ago, after completing his tenure as governor. This led Maria to file for divorce and she was granted a settlement of approximately 200 million pounds.
After being married to Mel Gibson for 27 years, Robyn Moore filed for divorce when she found photos of him with a Russian singer. After being married to Mel Gibson for 27 years, Robyn Moore filed for divorce when she found photos of him with a Russian singer. A considerable sum of money! She went through a lengthy legal process and was eventually awarded 425 million pounds, which amounted to 50% of her former spouse's wealth.
After meeting Elin Nordegren in 2001, a great golfer, Tiger Woods made the decision to wed her in 2004. Although the couple's wedding costs were just 1.5 million dollars, the divorce was the real financial burden for Woods. In 2010, Elin Nordegren filed for divorce due to her spouse's infidelity scandals... and the golf pro had to write her a cheque for $750 million!
Bernie Ecclestone started his career as a racing driver before becoming a team manager and ultimately the head of Formula 1. In 1985, he tied the knot with Slavica Radić, with whom he had two children. However, their marriage ended in 2009 after 24 years together. The businessman, who has an estimated fortune of 2.8 billion euros, was required to pay his ex-wife between 1 and 1.2 billion dollars.
Alec Wildenstein is a wealthy American who breeds horses and deals in art. He tied the knot with Jocelyne Périsset in 1978. Over time, Jocelyne got many cosmetic surgeries to look better and be more pleasing to her husband. As Alec liked cats, Jocelyne assumed that she could resemble one after the surgeries. Unfortunately, the outcome was not as expected, leading to Alec divorcing her over the procedures. Upon receiving the verdict from the court, Alec Wildenstein was obligated to provide his former spouse with specific properties and a substantial pension, which totalled to 3.8 billion dollars.
Jeff Bezos, the former CEO of Amazon until 2021, divorced his wife in 2019. The couple had been together for 25 years but separated after Bezos had an affair outside marriage. This separation, costing $38 billion, is currently known as the most expensive divorce worldwide. As a result, Mackenzie Bezos has become one of the wealthiest individuals globally and one of the richest woman worldwide.